Cook's Club City Beach Rhodes
Rhodes has a well-earned reputation for its long summers filled with drinking, dancing and debauchery. But delve a little further and you’ll still be able to find classic Rhodian authenticity. The largest island in the Dodecanese, it’s a fascinating mix of world-class eateries, century-old history and second-to-none swim spots.
In the old town, take a step back in time while exploring the maze of cobble-stoned alleys, medieval monuments and imposing castles. Less than an hour’s drive down south, you’ll find turquoise bays, historic villages, and sundrenched shores - all punctuated by rich bursts of bright bougainvillea.
Piatakia (Rhodes Town)
Smack bang in the centre of Rhodes town, Piatakia is making waves with its delicious Mediterranean menu that changes almost every day. The service is friendly and in-the-know, and the atmosphere is laid-back. You can order the set menu or pick your favourite dishes. Tip: try the Halloumi salad.
Palestra Beach Restaurant (Lindos)
Tucked away in a quiet corner at the end of Lindos beach, this cute little seaside restaurant serves up delicious seafood, fresh from the ocean. The spacious outdoor setting is covered with vines, making it the perfect place to grab a bit and get some shade between swims. Try the seafood linguine!
Tamam (Rhodes Town)
It’s worth booking ahead for this one – most nights see a queue of eager guests waiting outside. Tamam serves up creative Greek cuisine with international influences. Each dish is pure artistry, served using only the freshest ingredients.
A little off-the-beaten track, but perched at the top of an assuming hill is Monastery Tsambika. While the monastery is impressive, its views over Tsambika beach are second-to-none and worth climbing the 300 steps for. Bring your camera, wear proper shoes and avoid walking in the middle of the day.
The seaside village of Lindos makes for an ideal day trip. Where donkeys are the preferred form of transport, and white-walled houses are punctuated by rich bursts of bougainvillea. Between Lindos beach and the nearby St Paul’s Bay, there are plenty of places to cool off.
Anthony Quinn Bay
It makes all the tourist guides, but there’s a good reason for that. The sheltered Anthony Quinn Bay is a mesmerising mix of deep emerald blues, rocky shores and lush green vegetation. And thanks to a particularly beautiful underwater landscape, there’s also some of the best snorkeling on the island.
St Paul’s Bay
It would be a crime to travel to Rhodes and not visit St Paul’s Bay – a secluded cove sheltered between the rocky cliffs of Lindos. There isn’t much beach territory, but the snorkeling and diving is on point. For sweeping views over the bay, head up to the Acropolis.
Located just 2km from Faliraki village, this picturesque cove has fine white sand and a small stretch of beach with sunbeds and one or two cafes. Just over the rocky foreshore, you’ll find a few secluded little spots to swim and sunbake in solitude.
Ronda Bar (Elli Beach, Rhodes)
Boasting prime location just a stone’s throw from Cook’s Club, Ronda Bar is where all the cool kids go. A laid-back, all-day beach bar with enough sunbeds for everyone and a chic, modern décor. Grab a bite or a drink and spend your day people-watching from the best spot on the beachfront.
Oasis Beach Bar (Kallithea)
Huddled inside a cave in a small, secluded cove, Oasis Beach Bar is one of Rhodes’ best kept secrets. An innovative cocktail menu, summer beats, plenty of sunbeds and relaxed décor make it a must visit for those exploring the Kallithea region.
Todo Bien (Rhodes town)
Todo Bien is the local salsa institution and the go-to place for everything Latin. Located smack bang in the centre of Rhodes town, the quaint little bar practically oozes character and will transport you straight into the streets of Cuba, with refreshing drinks and great music at hand. They also claim to make “the best mojito in town”, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.